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Picture gallery: Shear delight as country's oldest sheep fair rocks Corby Glen

Bumper crowds turned out in glorious sunshine on Sunday to enjoy the 780th Corby Glen Sheep Fair - the oldest of its kind in the country.

More than 3000 people went along to see everything from specially-trained dancing sheep to classic cars dating back almost 100 years to dozens of stalls and a keenly-fought clay pigeon shooting competition.

Delighted chairman Keith Raby, 65, said: "We had a fantastic day.

"The weather couldn't have been better after Saturday's wash-out.

"The sun came out and so did the people - it was absolutely heaving!

"We had the biggest turn out in the five years I've been involved with the fair - and everyone had a brilliant time."

The retired logistics expert said the sheep fair in the village had taken a full seven months to plan.

"It takes a lot of hard work, time and effort.

"But the show was a great success and it makes it all worthwhile," said Leeds-born Keith.

"The place was bouncing on Sunday and there was something for everyone.

"We had about 50 classic cars with the oldest stretching back to the 1920s and they proved a huge draw.

"There was entertainment on the main stage with the village primary school choir and dance academy right at the centre of it.

"We also had 20-30 stalls as well as the clay pigeon shooting contest."

The dad-of-one and grandad-of-three also singled out Norfolk farmer Richard Savory for special praise.

"Richard gave three shows with his dancing sheep as well as giving a real insight into the sheep themselves.

"The kids loved it," said Keith.

"Corby Glen Sheep Fair is without doubt the highlight of the local farming community's year.

"It's the oldest sheep fair in the country - if not the world - and it's so rewarding to be able to keep this magnificent historic tradition alive."

He said they held a massive sheep sale on Monday to cap an extraordinary 48 hours.

"We were selling about 800-900 animals, more than double last year's number, so we are thrilled," said Keith.

"We work closely with Newark Auction Mart and they do a terrific job bringing all the sheep in."

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